Ridgefield High School Earns 5th Avenue Award Nominations for “Footloose”

Ridgefield High School received nominations in four categories in this year’s 5th Avenue Awards for its musical production of Footloose.  The nominations were released on May 22 by The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Now in its sixteenth year, the 5th Avenue Awards honors outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre production throughout Washington state.  Out of this year’s field of 119 high school productions, RHS’ Footloose received two Honorable Mentions and two nominations for Outstanding Performance awards.

Lily Ray, a junior, played Ariel Moore and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Lily Ray

Calvin Lieurance, a senior, played Ren McCormack and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Calvin Lieurance

Max Kunetz, a senior, played Chuck Cranston and is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role.

Max Kunetz

Ridgefield High School’s Chorus is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.  Kudos goes to the hard work of the group and the leadership of RHS’ amazing student assistant choreographer, Callie Stenersen, a junior.

Callie Stenersen

“I am incredibly proud of these students and their hard work!” said Kaitlyn Etter, Theater Arts Director at View Ridge Middle School and Ridgefield High School.  “Go Spudder Theatre!”

The 16th Annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards will be presented on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

 

Ridgefield Kindergartners Learn About 3D Technology

At South Ridge Elementary School, kindergartners in Erika Muir’s class are learning about shapes–two- and three-dimensional shapes, to be exact—which can be used in design and engineering.

“We have been incorporating STEM into our math and science workshops,” said Muir.  Her students have been studying 3D shapes and their attributes and have been collaborating to include them into designs for a castle.

That’s why the class was excited when Dan Meyers, an independent contract software engineer with technology company, Asurion, paid them a visit.  Meyers will be printing the students’ castle designs in 3D.  Meyers’ daughter, Ava, is in Muir’s class.

Dan Meyers visits with Erika Muir’s kindergarten class at South Ridge Elementary School.

Meyers talked to the kindergartners about using art, math, science and engineering to develop ideas into actual 3D printed objects.  He also shared his career path with the kids.  “This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to see how what they’ve been learning can be turned into an occupation,” said Muir.

The students reflected on Meyer’s classroom visit.  “Mr. Dan knows a lot about numbers, science and shapes to make his own art for people to use,” said Cora Silbernagel.  Said Kai Robinson, “It was fun to see our shapes working like a team to make a castle.”

Ridgefield School District to Break Ground on High School Expansion Project

Ridgefield School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony in the courtyard of Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30.

The ceremony is open to the community and marks the beginning of construction that will expand Ridgefield High School.  The expansion is the second of four phases included in the district’s 2017 Bond Program which voters approved in February 2017.

The high school’s new two-story 42,000 square foot facility will be built on the space now occupied by the high school’s administration offices and library.  It will house a new science learning wing, special education instruction, fine arts, media services, a college career center and additional general educational classrooms to accommodate the district’s rapidly growing student enrollment.

Construction will begin in mid-June, immediately after the school year ends and is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2019—ready for the opening of the 2019-20 school year.

Take a virtual tour of the Ridgefield High School’s new building and learn more about Ridgefield School District’s 2017 Bond Program by visiting the district’s website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/bond–2.

Paula McCoy Elected to WASBO Board of Directors

The membership of the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) has elected Paula McCoy to serve on the WASBO Board of Directors.  The announcement was made at WASBO’s 74th Annual Conference last week in Tacoma.

McCoy, Ridgefield School District’s Executive Director of Business Services, will serve as Director, Member-At-Large for WASBO’s Southwest Region, a seat currently held by Larry Mayfield, Business Director at Washougal School District whose term expires at the end of the month.

Paula McCoy

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with my peers in Southwest Washington to provide additional resources to school districts,” said McCoy.  “I look forward to serving the districts in this region and continuing public service.”

McCoy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Western Washington University and an endorsement as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  She previously worked at the Washington State Auditor’s Office serving as an Assistant Audit Manager for three years, and Assistant State Auditor for seven years prior to joining the Ridgefield School District in June 2015.

“We are super proud of Paula,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “She will represent Southwest Washington well at the state level in her new role on the WASBO Board.”

We congratulate Paula on her WASBO directorship!  She will serve on the Board effective June 1.

Music Scholarship for Ridgefield Students Created in Honor of Tanner Trosko’s Legacy

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) announced that it has developed a need-based music scholarship open to students enrolled in Ridgefield School District (K-12). The scholarship is funded through a $15,000 donation made by a generous organization close to the family of Tanner Trosko.

An anonymous donor approached the Foundation interested in giving back to the students of Ridgefield in honor of Tanner Trosko.  When the Foundation learned of Tanner’s love for music and involvement in the Ridgefield High School band, they began development of a grant that would benefit students interested in music. The scholarship will focus on supporting those students who lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial barriers.

Elizabeth Flynn, grants committee member and Vice Chair for RPSF, said, “Any child who has an interest in music deserves the opportunity to nurture it to its full extent, and we are excited to be able to alleviate this financial barrier for families and students so they can reach their full musical potential.”

RPSF is grateful to be partnering with two local organizations, Opus School of Music and Ridgefield School District Community Education. These organizations will work with RPSF to provide lessons for students who are eligible for the Tanner Trosko Music scholarship.

Rob Melton of Opus School of Music said, “Opus is excited to participate in this scholarship program in honoring Tanner and his love of music.  Here at Opus, we have been growing artistic spirits since 2006 and welcome Tanner’s spirit into our school by giving the gift of music in his honor.”

Students enrolled in Ridgefield schools (K-12) interested in individual or group music lessons through one of the partner organizations can apply for the scholarship through the RPSF website http://www.ridgefieldpsf.org/tanner-trosko/.  Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and funds could cover one term of classes and instrument rental (if required) for up to a year of lessons.

Information about music lessons and classes available can be found at the Opus School of Music website http://opusschoolofmusic.com or at RSD Community Education http://spudderactivities.weebly.com/classes–registration.html.

To learn more about the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation or apply for a scholarship through the Foundation, please go to www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization, established in 2009.  Our mission is to advance programs and activities that support whole student development for which public resources are insufficient or unavailable.

 

Jill Neyenhouse Named South Ridge Elementary School Principal

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Jill Neyenhouse as Principal of South Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018.  Neyenhouse currently serves as the Assistant Director at Cascadia Technical Academy in the Evergreen School District.

“I am thrilled to become part of the team at South Ridge.  I am really excited to meet staff and students and start learning about what makes South Ridge so great,” said Neyenhouse.

Jill Neyenhouse

Neyenhouse has been an educator for 19 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Education from Washington State University.

She began her career teaching English and Choir at Stevenson High School.  Her appreciation of music remains.  “I love musicals and singing.  You might hear me singing in my office from time to time,” Neyenhouse said.

She is known for her commitment to maintain a safe and positive school for all students and staff.  Her extensive experience with developing and implementing professional development will be a great asset to the district.

“Jill is an enthusiastic, personable, student-centered leader.  Throughout the process, she demonstrated a strong understanding of our district and commitment to our pursuit of premier,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.

Neyenhouse, her husband, and two boys reside in La Center.  “We are huge Mariners fans, love camping, and our favorite place to visit is Disneyland,” added Neyenhouse.

Neyenhouse officially begins work in Ridgefield on July 1.

Ridgefield School District Honors May Employee and Students of the Month

On May 8, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the May Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Margo Manke, teacher at South Ridge Elementary School.  Margo goes above and beyond to incorporate every aspect of our South Ridge Elementary Roadrunner’s mission statement in her teaching. She takes time to connect with staff and makes parents as well as volunteers feel welcome with her cheerful disposition.  She is always thinking of others first!  This is especially apparent with just how much she adores her students, and they feel just the same towards her!

Margo Manke

Margo challenges her student’s minds each and every day, and her students come to school excited and ready to learn! She makes challenging learning moments an enjoyable task by incorporating music and songs in her teaching and encouraging each one of her students to continue to give it their very best effort.  As they persevere and rise to the occasion, you can see the growth that each student has made as a reader, writer, mathematician, and scientist.

Knowing that all students have the right to learn in a safe, caring, and supportive school environment exemplified by problem-solving, critical thinking, self-discipline, responsibility, and respect, Margo makes every effort to create these kinds of opportunities for self-managing citizens and lifelong learners to emerge. We are so very proud to have her as part of our South Ridge Roadrunner’s Team.

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Browning, a third grader, is May’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They write, “Brooklyn deserves to be recognized as Student of the Month because she consistently demonstrates the 3Rs. She is respectful to all–a constant example of the “ripple effect” that a single person can have when they choose kindness. She is responsible for herself, her school work, and her learning. She is constantly seeking to learn and grow and knows what she needs to do when faced with a challenge–persevere! When she’s not feeling challenged, she SEEKS challenges to ensure that she’s always growing and learning. Additionally, Brooklyn strives to help others be responsible with caring, gentle reminders. Brooklyn is RESILIENT. Because she looks at every frustration or obstacle as an opportunity to learn, she is driven to overcome obstacles.”

Brooklyn Browning

Viggo Bowen, a sixth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge Elementary teachers and staff are very proud of Viggo.  They write, “This year, Viggo joins the sixth grade class for all specialist classes as well as math.  He comes to math class and works on improving his math skills. Not only has his math skills improved, his social skills have really grown.  Viggo has made many new friends this year.  Here is what his friends say about him:   “I like how he can be silly and yet still work at the same time.”  “He is very lively and brightens up the room every time he comes in the door.”  “He’s funny and fun to hang out with.”  Viggo is also a great helper.  He works in both the lunchroom and the library. In the library, Viggo makes sure the book shelf markers are returned to the bin, puts books away, checks books in, and helps with recycling.  In the lunch room, Viggo helps direct students to drop off their dishes, and makes sure the table tops are clean. Viggo is a very hard worker and a great student and a wonderful member of Union Ridge Elementary School.

Viggo Bowen

Karis Garrison, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Karis.  They write, “Karis is an enthusiastic member of class always tries her hardest. She is persistent and committed to her learning.  She is an active participant in all class activities and encourages her classmates to do better. Karis is incredibly self-aware and mature. She holds herself and her peers to a higher standard, and always pushes herself to improve. She always has a smile on her face and is genuinely excited to learn and grow as a person. Karis is kind to everyone and has a great moral character.”

Karis Garrison

Michael Rapp, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Michael. They write, “Senior Michael Rapp has been chosen as the Ridgefield High School Student of the Month for May.  Michael is described by his teachers as a student who is “super courteous and who always does his best.”  One staff member says of Michael, he “may be the hardest working student I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year.  He diligently completes every assignment, contributes to class discussions, has an outstanding attitude, and is inspiring in his perseverance.”  Michael is involved in the production of the school yearbook working as a photo journalist and interviewing students and coaches for stories for the yearbook, and has been a member of the school’s art club and drama club.  Michael plans on attending the GATE program after high school to gain independent living skills and employment skills and hopes to work in photo journalism after high school.   We are proud to recognize Michael as Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month.

Michael Rapp

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Capital Facilities Community Forum Wednesday, May 2nd

The Ridgefield School District’s Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is hosting a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the RHS Commons.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.  For more information, please call 360-619-1301.      

Ridgefield School Board Approves Changes to School Boundaries and Start Times

On April 10, at the regular Board of Directors meeting, the Ridgefield School District school board approved the proposal to change the district’s elementary school boundaries and school start times to take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

The proposal for these changes was submitted to the school board on February 27 by the Boundary & Start Time Committee, which was formed by the district in Fall 2017.  The committee was tasked to determine adjustments to boundaries and school start times necessary to serve the district’s continued rapid growth and opening of new schools.

The committee ran a deliberative and inclusive process.  In early March, the district shared the committee’s proposal with school staff, parents and the community.  View it on the district’s website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/article/41661?org=district.

New School Start Times

Effective school year 2018-19, school start times will be as follows:

9:05 – 3:35 South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary (both K-4)

8:05 – 2:35 Sunset Ridge Intermediate (5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (7-8)

8:00 – 2:45 Ridgefield High School (9-12)

Boundary Shifts

The district’s current boundaries are impacted as follows:

Students residing in the carve-out in the Pioneer Canyon subdivision area previously in the South Ridge boundary area will return to the Union Ridge boundary area to adhere to neighborhood school attendance and to increase transportation efficiency.

The boundary between South Ridge and Union Ridge will shift northward to move newer developments from the Union Ridge boundary area into the South Ridge boundary area to balance out school attendance zones.  Without this adjustment, expanding enrollment from new subdivisions would add to the rapidly-expanding student enrollment at Union Ridge, already one of the state’s ten largest elementary schools.

The district realizes the challenges associated with boundary adjustments and the impact they have on students.  To prevent current third graders from moving to a new elementary school for their final year, the district will automatically approve boundary exceptions.  This will allow next year’s fourth grade students to remain in their current school if they so choose.

The district will also continue to allow all students to apply for in-district boundary exceptions.  To ensure operational efficiencies and create greater equity, the district will adhere to the expectation that student transportation is the responsibility of parents and guardians for all in-district boundary exceptions.

The district is grateful to the members of the Boundary & Start Time Committee for their time and dedicated efforts in their work during this process.

Proposed Curriculum Materials Available for Public Review in Ridgefield School District

The public is invited to review the following curriculum materials being considered by the Ridgefield School District for adoption at Ridgefield High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking (2017) published by Bedford Freeman and Worth, which will be used in the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class for Grade 12.

T’es branché? Level 2 (2019) published by EMC Publishing, which will be used to teach French 2 in Grades 10-12.

Sample textbooks and evaluation materials will be available for public review at the District Office located at 2724 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield, Washington, April 13-27, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Ridgefield School District Hosts Free Screening of Award-Winning Film “Screenagers”

 “Screenagers – Growing Up In the Digital Age” is a powerful documentary depicting the way millions of teens struggle with phones, games and technology in general.  The film offers solutions on how we can help kids navigate the digital world and provides practical tips for raising happy, healthy technologically empowered teens.

Ridgefield School District is sponsoring the film, which will be shown on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield.  Admission is free.

Watch the official Screenagers 2017 trailer and a Google Talk interview with Dr. Delaney Ruston, Stanford-trained physician, who wrote and directed the film.

Ridgefield School District Honors April Employee and Students of the Month

On April 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the April Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Denise Krause.  Denise manages View Ridge Middle School, simply put.  She makes sure that all who enter our doors feel safe, supported and is successful.  She is a Spudder, born and raised, and serves View Ridge and our community with great pride.

Denise Krause

With the myriad of tasks asked of her, Denise is a source of tireless support to staff carrying out their day-to-day duties.  She ensures that they are set up for success, knows when to offer an extra hand or an ear to listen, and when necessary, deliver a kick in the tail.  Parents know they can rely on Denise for important information; she will go the extra mile to accommodate their needs.  Denise is flexible in unique circumstances and can come up with creative ways to meet families where they are.  She shines brightest in her work with kids.  While she is direct and to the point, students know she has their best interests at heart.  She has a particular soft spot for students who are experiencing hard times or are struggling to behave consistently.

Denise builds positive, empathetic relationships with our frequent visitors and is one of their leading advocates when it comes to improving their outcomes.  Finally, Denise represents the district and its families with the highest standards of integrity and character.  She follows through on commitments, honors confidentiality, and takes ownership of her work.

The View Ridge Middle School staff is proud to work with such a great and dedicated Spudder and proudly congratulates Denise Krause for April Employee of the Month honors.

Students of the Month

Dylan Benavidez, a fourth grader, is April’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Teachers and staff are very proud of Dylan.  They write, “Dylan Benavidez is a wonderful young man.  We are incredibly proud and honored to be working with him this year.  From the first day, he has been a model student in the classroom.  He has the most amazing work ethic.  There hasn’t been a time where he gives up, no matter what is thrown at him.  It is also wonderful to see him work with his peers.  The patience this young man possesses is admirable, and he demonstrates caring and compassion for his classmates.  He never balks at his share of work and will tirelessly help his partners if they are having trouble.  When the going gets tough, he never quits and works until he gets through it.  Dylan is solid, steady, and a true representation of a South Ridge Roadrunner!”

Dylan Benavidez

Deven Hausinger-Barbo, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The teachers and staff at Union Ridge are very proud of Deven.  They write, “Deven is a hard-working student who is patient and caring.  The ROCKS expectations come naturally to him.  He is always respectful and shows ownership.  He works hard to improve his community by being kind, and he is always safe.  Union Ridge is lucky to have Deven’s friendly face smiling throughout our building.  Deven is a great friend to his peers and a wonderful role model in class.  We are proud of Deven’s hard work and delighted to nominate him as Student of the Month.”

Deven Hausinger-Barbo

Maleah Heng, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School’s Student of the Month.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Maleah.  They write, “Maleah is an amazing student and role model.  She is always full of enthusiasm when it comes to learning.  Her positive “can do” attitude makes her a valuable contributor to every classroom she is part of.  She passionately shares comments and insightful thoughts in classroom discussions.  Her excitement for learning shines through in her eagerness to help her peers reach understanding.  She is always open to challenges and never hesitates to ask questions and risk mistakes.  Maleah works meticulously on very task presented, setting an example for all her classmates.  She is often first to step forward with a new idea and frequently explores new ways to tackle concepts she has already mastered.  View Ridge is lucky to have Maleah, and we look forward to her future accomplishments!  Congratulations, Maleah, at being Student of the Month.”

Maleah Heng

Niyonzima Jean De Dieu, a sophomore, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Niyonzima.  They write, “With great privilege, Ridgefield High School announces Niyonzima Jean De Dieu as our April Student of the Month.  Niyo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When he was 12 years old, his village was attacked and Niyo, along with others, was captured by his attackers and held for two weeks.  He was freed by his government and sent to Kenya along with other refugees to live with a family.  During his two years in Kenya, Niyo filled out paperwork requesting placement for refugees, not knowing where in the world he might be placed, or if he would be placed.  During the two-week period in 2017 when the U.S. ban on refugees was lifted, Niyo was placed in Ridgefield and enrolled in RHS on March 2, 2017.  To say that Niyo demonstrates resiliency is an understatement.  But more than that, Niyo is a student who is a positive influence on our entire campus.  He gives his best at all times, has learned the English language in the one year and one month he’s been here (and is studying French at RHS just to make things more challenging!).  He is an incredibly hard-working student and is always willing to help others.  He is dedicated to his education and runs on the school’s cross country and track teams as well as sings in the advanced choir.”  One staff member said it best:  “We are lucky to have him at Ridgefield High School.”

Niyonzima Jean De Dieu

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.

Safety Night Event Advances District’s Efforts Toward Continued Safety in Ridgefield Schools

Ridgefield School District’s first ever Safety Night Open House on March 14 was a huge success!  We shared our commitment to school safety by providing many families with important information.  Not only did the event spark conversations, it allowed us to share the ongoing important work we continue doing to keep our students and staff safe.  We are grateful to everyone who attended!

For those who were unable to attend the Safety Night Open House, we created an Emergency + Safety webpage on the district website where all of Safety Night’s handouts are now readily available.  This webpage will continue to grow, so please check back often for additional resources.  The following links from the webpage provide a wealth of specific topics regarding safety in our schools:

What To Do In an Emergency

Building Safety

Social and Emotional Health

Parental Resources

 

School Safety Survey

We realize that school safety is a complex topic—one that cannot be covered in a single event.  To that end, we will be hosting future Safety Nights specific to topics of interest to you, which will delve deeper into specific subjects and encourage group discussions.

In order for us to gain a better understanding of your safety concerns, we invite you to fill out a short survey that will help us shape the agendas for future Safety Night events.  Simply click on the link below.  Thank you for your input and participation!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfShP0OMbig5_qDkmgQQJyWfmedb8Pm29ONl_ibi5Q-wAFIDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Ridgefield High School Students Win Top Awards in 2018 Regional High School Art Show

Three Ridgefield High School students earned prestigious art awards for their entries in the 2018 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show hosted by Educational Service District 112.  On Tuesday evening, March 20, they were recognized along with other student artists at a “Young Artists’ Reception” awards ceremony and gallery walk at ESD 112.

The annual contest, now in its 45th year, provides area art students with an opportunity to showcase their artwork and recognizes them for their artistic talent.  It is open to all high school students in Grades 9-12 in Southwest Washington.  Artwork entries are now on display at ESD 112 through April 2.

This year, two RHS student artists received Regional Art awards for earning high average scores in the art show.  Their entries will advance to the Annual State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Art Show in Olympia on May 18 to compete against entries from around Washington state.

Congratulations to the following RHS student artists for their winning entries in this year’s Regional High School Art Show!

  • Taelor Adderly, Grade 12, Regional Award for “When the Sun Sets”
  • Liam McAllister, Grade 11, Regional Award for “The Dead Are Not Expressionless”
  • Arina Blagikh, Grade 11, Honorable Mention Award for “Highlights of Life”

Taelor Adderly was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Central Washington University and a $3,000 scholarship from the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

“I am proud of these students for not only their artistic talents, but also their hard work and diligence with their pieces,” said Christen Palmer, Ridgefield High School Principal.  “Furthermore, I know behind each of these accomplishments was a tremendous amount of help and support from Ms. Tamara Hoodenpyl, our Visual Arts teacher.  Congratulations to Ms. Hoodenpyl and her students!”

“When the Sun Sets” by Taelor Adderly – Regional Award

 

“The Dead Are Not Expressionless” by Liam McAllister – Regional Award

 

“Highlights of Life” by Arina Blagikh – Honorable Mention Award

Foreign Language Proficiency Earns School Credits for RHS Students

Did you know that RHS students who successfully demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language in district-approved assessment tests can earn credits to meet the graduation requirement for World Language?  The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved Board Policy 2409 and procedure 2409P in February, which makes this possible.

Students will be able to earn up to four proficiency-based high school credits depending on the level of proficiency they demonstrate on world language assessments in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking.  In addition, students earning high assessment scores that meet a specific threshold will qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy to be placed on his/her high school diploma.

Student response has thus far exceeded district expectations.  In the short time since implementation in February, 18 students have already signed up for assessment testing—an impressive showing for its initial first year of being offered.

The assessments cover many different world languages.  However, the district will make every effort to provide assessments for any language requested.

Students interested in taking this assessment should contact Dani Taylor via email at danielle.taylor@ridgefieldsd.org or call 360-619-1318.  Testing will take place during the week of April 16, and there is a $30 assessment fee.   A lower fee is available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.